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OCTOBER 1, 2019 THRU DECEMBER 31, 2019

Published Submission Guidelines

The San Diego Book Awards Published Book competition is open to current residents of San Diego County.

  • The submission period for published books begins on October 1, 2019, and ends on December 31, 2019. Entries postmarked after December 31 will not be judged.
  • All submissions remain the literary property of the writer.
  • Books submitted for the current competition (awards presented in June of the following year) must have been first published or copyrighted in the appropriate year.
  • Incomplete entries or entries received after the deadline will not be judged.
  • Submissions received with postage due will be discarded, not judged.
  • Self-published books are eligible if they have been professionally written, edited, and printed. If self-published entries are not presented in a professional manner, the judges have the option not to judge the entry. The entry fee will not be returned or refunded.
  • E-books are eligible, but they must be submitted in printed form.
  • More than one title by the same author may be submitted. Each submission must be accompanied by a separate submission form and submission fee.
  • Anthologies with more than one contributing author are accepted.
  • To receive copies of the judges’ score sheets, a self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) with the name of the entry in the lower left-hand corner should be included. If no SASE is included with the entry, the judging sheets may not be returned.
  • Books will not be returned to the author(s).
  • Send completed entries to San Diego Book Awards, P.O. Box 6487, Oceanside, CA 92052-6487.
  • Entry fee for each Published submission is $45.00.

    Entry fees are payable via check, or you may pay with your credit card using our SDBA STORE option.

    Please include check or payment receipt with your books and form submission.


    General Fiction
    Mainstream, Literary, etc.

    Magical Fiction
    Science Fiction, Fantasy, etc.

    Mystery/Suspense Fiction
    Mystery, Suspense, Horror, Thriller, etc.

    Short Story Collection (single author)
    Anthology (single or multiple authors)

    Romantic Fiction

    Young Adult Fiction

    Children's Fiction

    General Nonfiction
    Humor, Business, History, Travel,
    (Auto)Biography, Military, Politics,
    Science, etc.

    Wellness Fiction
    Religious, Spiritual, Self-help, Inspirational, etc.

    Specialized Non-Fiction
    which includes picture books, arts & crafts,
    cookbooks, etc.

    Children's Nonfiction

    Young Adult Nonfiction


    Published book categories include fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Each book will only be judged in only one category. Winners of a category award will be selected from the top finalists from each category. Only finalists and winners will be notified of their status.

    Categories (and their subcategories) are listed on the entry form. The final categories and the number of finalists each year is dependent on the number of entries.

    Submitting Your Published Entry

    Submission Package Must Include:
    * Number of Copies: Authors must submit FOUR copies of each book or printed e-book.
    * Submission form: A completed, signed, and dated submission form must accompany each submission.
    * Fee: A nonrefundable submission fee of $25.00 must accompany each submission. Make checks payable to San Diego Book Awards (four copies, one form, one check).
    * Optional Self-addressed stamped envelope (SASE) large enough and with sufficient postage for return of judges’ comments. A #10 should be fine, but entrants sre welcome to send a 8 1/2 X 11 manila envelope to make sure they fit).
    * Optional Self-addressed stamped postcard for us to send to you to verify that we received your entry.

    Finalists in each category will be notified in advance of the awards, in June 2019. All finalists and category winners will be honored at the awards ceremony. Winners and finalists will be promoted on the SDBA website.

    All published books, submission forms, and entry fees must be postmarked by the deadline of the current contest year.
    Entries postmarked after that date WILL NOT BE JUDGED.

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